Seafoods for My Valentine on Hearts Day

love is real.
it is all around.
it is in the air,
on the earth,
in the water.
it is what propels life.
it is what ignites
the fire in our hearts
and makes us listen
to the songs of our soul.
to live is love.


On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I came home to a bouquet of flowers from my husband. Like a teenager, I did not know how to react when I saw it, so I just smiled shyly and murmured my thanks to the man who has been by my side for almost twenty years. Continue reading


finding a home in our souls

Valentine's Day presents

through the years
your hand was always there
for me to hold
when i am scrambling in the dark.
your shoulder there for me to lean on –
giving me support in the hardest times.
yours is the embrace i run to,
when i feel all alone and in despair,
your kisses are there to make me feel beautiful,
making me smile and blossom into the me
you love and none other.

even when turbulent weather, stormy skies and heavy rains
threatened to destroy the foundation of our very lives –
your love was always there, steadfast and strong –
holding me up, making me feel there is someone to whom i belong.

although there were times
when both our steps faltered,
and it seemed that we were
already lost to the other,
we still found our way to each other’s hearts –
where we found our homes
in each other’s souls,
where even in silence we know each other’s thoughts,
where we don’t have to say anything to know –
that we are loved.

*This was the poem I wrote for my husband on Valentine’s Day, while I was admitted in the hospital for a mild stroke. I placed it on a photograph taken by dear friends Harvey and Katrina, which I had framed. It is now as it appears on the photo above.┬áThe teddy bear, placed beside the frame, was my hubby’s Valentine’s Day present to me. I named him, Marble.*

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